RESUME

Currently working to spur exhibit design and quality transformation through abundant design and quality construction.

Whole systems thinking to develop design concepts and plans for Net zero,aquaponic compatible and sustainable exhibits.

Proficient in the use of strong visual aesthetic

Twenty plus years of both inhouse and commercial fabrication experience

Advanced knowledge of special materials and fabrication techniques.

Strong understanding of unique needs and challenges of animal and exhibit space.

Working toward the development of closed loop systems and permaculture design for exhibits with less demand and longer life cycle impact reduction and long term maintenance. 

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Exhibits Technician - Houston Zoo, Heart of the Zoo

​2018

 

​ Currently, I am a in-house scenic artist at Houston Zoo

working along side animals and keepers. The in house experience has deepened my understanding of animal exhibit spaces. Getting to experience the daily pressures on them has led to some innovations and new materials as well as teaching me to be adaptable and change ways in order to solve problems and meet deadlines. I love rehabilitating old spaces as well as developing new ones.

Work list of exhibits design and build in-house at Woodland park Zoo

2004-2018

-Willa wong station

-Kia exhibits

-Meerkats and play area and murals 

-Gila monster and river toad

-Axolotl

-kookaburra/lapwing

-stellar sea eagle

-ocelot-and holding

-flamingo play area

-fruit bats 

-sloth and tamadua

-Egyptian tortoise and tortoise.02

-python and cobra exhibits

-gorilla and orangutans rigging and artificial tree work

-patas monkey-rock and mud bank 

-tree kangaroo-artificial rock and trees

-zoomasium-kids play area and artificial tree and vines

-many other modifications to all exhibits at WPZ

 

 

Accomplishments 

  • sustainable design net zero exhibits /aquaponic compatible 

  • Development of new vine technology style and rigging for large primates

  • Adaption of green alternative building practices  

  • Latest use and knowledge of safe materials for animal habitats

  • Assisting animal necropsy

  • Volunteer fish and wildlife 

  • Art donations to rhinos and snow leopard trust

  • Star bright scholarship volunteer rigging for chimp sanctuary

  • Development of new perching patterns  for positive animal enrichment

  • Curated show  to benefit azak at art not terminal gallery

   

  • Illustration - Ability to communicate ideas and designs through sketches, finished digital and hand drawn  renderings. 

  • Sculptor - Larger than life or miniature, Theming and natural textures, foam carving. 

  • Scenic painting - Mural paint and repair, create special portraits, posters,TrumpLoeil, Decorative finishes, color discretion and color matching ,  ability to match existing and new finishes, HVLP spray systems, UV paints, faux bois, works in oils, two part urethane and epoxy paints, acrylics, cartooning, perspective drawing, airbrush and fresco.

  • Concept Artist-ability to take abstract ideas to tangible images and models.

  • Ornamental plaster -architectural theming ,building facades, stone and industrial ,nature inspired

  • Concrete - Forming,  slab and flatwork and themed pathways, ponds ,waterfalls, stream beads, playgrounds, patch and repair, casting, specialty design mixes, green sealers, integrated colors and acid stains. 

  • Fiberglass - lamination, forming, chop gun,  patch and repair, casting, gel coats and waterproofing.

  • Model Building-for perspective or scale larger to work from or  photo shoot -oculus medium, zbrush procreate,AutoCAD 

  • Casting and Mold making - props and reproductions, latest knowledge of materials and techniques.

  • Specialist Researcher-finding visual and or historical  reference ,sourcing materials ,intricate detailing

  • Material knowhow-epoxies, urethanes,polyesters,silicones,spray foam, concrete, plaster, prep of all painted surfaces ,green alternative sealers. 

  • Operator - lifts boom and scissor, forklift, teletruck, bobcat, small excavators.

  • Sewing - machine stitching, decorative lacing, leather and hide work.

  • Armature construction - Ability to read blue prints and models build to scale, use and knowledge of heavy construction tools

  • project management -zoo maintenance practices.  building and safety requirements

  • Osha training - osha 10,osha 30

related education 
Related Experience 

I have worked on exhibits and related work at these places 

  • Amazonspheres 

  • Jolly Miller 

  • ​Cemrock 

  • Manmade wonders 

  • Portland Zoo

  • Nashvillezoo 

  • Cincinnati zoo

  • Columbus zoo

  • Bronx zoo

  • National Aquarium Baltimore

  • many other private and residential works 

LEED Green Associate 2018

Animal welfare training 

Zoonotic Training

BBP-current

Fall arrest training-Oct 2017 Seattle WA WPZ

Carousel Restoration-with  Bete Largent -Spokane WA 2017

Alex Grey painting intensive

NY Aug 2017

Dru Blair airbrush academy-NC 2016

Lawrence school of art-painting in the renaissance tradition-Seattle WA.2007

Illia fresco school- fresco and mural repair-LA.2002

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